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Full text of "Flora Indica Vol-I"

CONTENTS OF INTRODUCTORY ESSAY.

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I.  OBJECT, Scoi% AXD DESION OF THE FIORA INDICA     ...    2
Contents of the proposed Work.......2
Its objwt relatively to the requirements of Economic Botany   .      .    3
Botany too comprehensive a subject to be worked out by one indivi-
dual, both as an abstract science and in an economic point of view
—Necessity for the partial use of Latin—Desirability of a popular
work succeeding, not preceding, a scientific—Dr. Roylc's labours -1
Impossibility of making satisfactory progress in Economic Botany of
India for want of a scientific Flora , . , . • . ,5
Reasons for our undertaking the Flora Indica, our advantages, our
materials, collections, access to herbaria and libraries                    , t>
British Association recommends the undertaking—Its application to
the Honourable East India Company for assistance—An unfavour-
able answer received—Difficulties of the task thus increased , . 7
Area included by the Flora Indica.......8
II.  GENERA CONSIDEBATIONS CONNECTED WITH THE STUDY OP SYS-
TEMATIC BOTANY.........8
Misapprehension of the objects and importance of the study   .      .    8
Desirability of explaining its fundamental principles—Principles of
classification in the Vegetable Kingdom diJIlcult of acquisition rela-
tively to thotw of the Animal Kingdom......9
Necessity of philosophical definitions in framing oiiarac to of Natural
Orders, Gkmura, and Species........10
Impossibility of defining these properly without study and compre-
hensive knowledge—Recklessness with which genera and species are
proposed, and consequent confusion of Indian Botany . II
Necessity of library and herbarium—Proneness to exaggerate* the
number of species—Defective education in Botanical science pro-
motes thin...........12
Consequent disrepute into which the study is brought—Hnbitwtl
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